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[ in-dee-suhnt ]


  1. offending against generally accepted standards of propriety or good taste; improper; vulgar:

    indecent jokes; indecent language; indecent behavior.

    Synonyms: licentious, lewd, filthy, obscene, gross, rude, outrageous, coarse, indelicate, indecorous, immodest, distasteful

  2. not decent; unbecoming or unseemly:

    indecent haste.

    Synonyms: inappropriate

    Antonyms: becoming, appropriate


/ ɪnˈdiːsənt /


  1. offensive to standards of decency, esp in sexual matters
  2. unseemly or improper (esp in the phrase indecent haste )
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Derived Forms

  • inˈdecently, adverb
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  • in·decent·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of indecent1

First recorded in 1555–65; from Latin indecent- (stem of indecēns ) “unseemly.” See in- 3, decent
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Example Sentences

That Larry Elder opposed Proposition 187, an indecent ballot initiative that punished illegal immigrants by denying them access to basic human services.

Police experts say trauma from sex offenses and fear of such assaults can cause riders to abandon transit, creating even emptier spaces for crimes such as indecent exposure and sexual battery to proliferate.

Crimes not classified as felonies, such as indecent exposure, were down by more than 250 incidents through June compared with the same time last year.

It allows indecent content as long as it conveys news, personal experiences, or to make political statements.

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In January 2009, at the end of a drawn-out criminal case stemming from the October 2007 encounter, a judge found Mason guilty of indecent conduct.

There is the smell here of an indecent rush for scapegoats, even before we know what really caused this crash.

The problem is that being a decent person in an indecent situation is not enough, even though it may also be all you can do.

There is something indecent in asking people to fake a feeling to make a living.

The Cheneys exhibit indecent haste in their attempt at rep rehab.

Mr Clifford, 70, denies 11 counts of indecent assault relating to seven alleged victims, aged from 14 to 20 between 1966 and 1984.

I've said from the very first, it's downright indecent for a girl to live alone on a farm—no chaperon, not even a woman servant.

"It would be a highly indecent spectacle, my dear," said the vicar with a chuckle.

It is said, perhaps untruly, that his remonstrance to the Prince against his remaining here has been ungentlemanlike and indecent.

A telegraph company must transmit a message unless it contains indecent language.

The person whose mind is satisfied by the parlour dullness of that nightly foolery only becomes animated when he is indecent.





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